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Top 15 Best Things to do in Seoul, South Korea

What are the top tourist attractions in Seoul?

Seoul South Korea Brady Bellini via Unsplash

Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Seoul

This is the capital city of South Korea, and it is regarded as the soul of the nation. It is among the biggest city in the world, according to its population density and landmass. Seoul is an incredible city with mouth-watering food, unforgettable shopping spots, and exciting attractions, and the amounts of things that you will see, do, and eat in Seoul are numerous.

Best Things to do in Seoul
Best Things to do in Seoul

Top 15 best things to do in Seoul

Challenge the limits of augmented reality at the Trickeye Museum

This is one of its kind of gallery which combines art with Augmented Reality effects and 2D and 3D illusions. You can interact with the paintings through the Trickeye Camera app’s help, making the paintings come alive and recording the process on camera.

You can also go to the Ice museum, which has items made out of the ice like an ice kitchen, an ice TV set, etc. You are going to enjoy the Ice museum and the Trick eye museum with just one ticket.

This is the best place to have fun with your family, and there is a café located outside the main exhibition hall where you can print an image onto your latte.

Trickeye 3D Museum in Seoul

Trickeye 3D Museum in Seoul Photo via KLOOK
Trickeye 3D Museum in Seoul Photo via KLOOK

Get ready to enter an incredible dimension of original 3D artworks! Trickeye, short for ‘trick of the eye,’ refers to an art technique where two-dimensional paintings are turned into three-dimensional images through optical illusions. You’re visiting the home of Trickeye, the South Korean original museum that has now found roots across the world.


Go sightseeing at the Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

This is among Seoul’s most renowned historical attractions and the most visited tourist site in the city, it is located in Central Seoul, and it is easily accessible.

It was one of the main palaces during the Joseon dynasty, and it was constructed at the end of the 14th century, but it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion in 1500, and it was rebuilt 200 years ago.

The palace ground is huge, and you can explore all sorts of interesting buildings, and you can go sightseeing in the gardens.

Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village

This is a picturesque residential area found at the heart of the city between Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace. From the top of the hill, you can see a background of the modern buildings in the distance.

You will find this place interesting as you will explore the streets while checking out Korean traditional homes.

You will find nice boutiques and restaurants in this village, and if you walk to the top of the hill, you will see the background of modern buildings in the distance.

Have fun at Lotte world

Lotte world
Lotte world

This is a magical Korean amusement park, and it is among the biggest indoor parks in the world. It also comprises an outdoor section known as the magic island.

Lotte World is more than an ordinary theme park as it has lots of fun activities for you and your family to do.

There is also a hotel and a large shopping complex surrounding the park to go sightseeing or window shopping.

Go sightseeing at the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple photo by Sevenrin.Stalder via Wikipedia CC
Jogyesa Buddhist Temple By Severin.stalder – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is located in the middle of Seoul’s high-rise buildings district, and it is a tourist hotspot as the place is always filled with locals and tourists going in and out of the temple.

The temple’s highlight is the ancient trees in the compound, which are over 500 years old. You will also like the banners and paper streamers made from brightly colored paper, which makes it a cool thing to see.

Explore Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress

View of the bustling city from the old walls of the Hwaseong Fortress
View of the bustling city from the old walls of the Hwaseong Fortress

This is a Korean castle built in the 18th century, and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also among South Korea’s most important historical sites. The Hwaseong Fortress is on Seoul’s outskirts, and it will take you about half an hour to get there.

You will have a fun time exploring this fortress, and it will take you up to 4 hours. If you want to see the entire palace, gates, walls, and fortress museum.

Get the birds-eye view of the city through N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower

This is located at the top of Namsan mountain, and central Seoul revolves around the tower. The tower is a communication tower before it is then opened to tourists and locals as an observation and entertainment tower.

You will get a spectacular view of the city of Seoul from the tower. Many tourists opt for a cable car to get to the mountain’s peak for a cheap amount of money.

Another popular thing done at this tower is locking a padlock on the lock as a symbol of love.

Have a fun day shopping at Myeondong


If you love shopping, this is the best place to visit. It is one of Seoul’s busiest locations, filled with locals and tourists. You will get the latest Korean cosmetics and fashion, sneakers, and all varieties of stores in this outside mall.

In the afternoon hours, there will be street shopping stalls that will set up their shop. If you are tired of shopping or you are not a fan of shopping, there are many street food stalls, restaurants, snacks, and towering ice cream cones everywhere you go.

You will even have a great time here if you just come here to watch people also.

Go shopping for Korean souvenirs at Insa-dong.

Insa-dong by Adbar via Wikipedia CC
Insa-dong By Adbar – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is among the tourist hotspot in the city. This is the best place for you to buy Korean souvenirs to take back home with you for your loved ones.

You can also try out different Korean food options like delicious mandu and many Korean street food snacks.

Insadong is not far from other tourist areas like Bukchon Hanok village and the Gyeongbukgung Palace.

Enjoy the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster at Everland.

Everland T Express Wooden Roler Coaster by Jeremy Thompson via Wikipedia CC
Everland T Express Wooden Roller Coaster By Roller Coaster Philosophy, Jeremy Thompson -, CC-BY 2.0

This is South Korea’s biggest outdoor theme park, which houses five unique zones of attractions and rides.

The highlight of Everland is the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster and also South Korea’s only safari.

It is best if you visit this park as early as you can so you can enjoy all the rides it has to offer.

Everland Park Tickets

Panda in Everland Korea photo via KLOOK
Panda in Everland Korea photo via KLOOK

Get Everland tickets and enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled day at Everland – one of South Korea’s biggest and most exhilarating amusement parks.


Have a nice time at the Nanta theatre

Nanta performance
Nanta performance By LG – 2009 LG, CC BY 2.0

You and your family will have a memorable experience enjoying the Nanta theatre show. Nanta show is the most popular theatre performance in Korea, and it is in a non-verbal musical setting.

The performance is on a culinary theme, and it includes rhythmic melodies and acrobatic moves; you should try to book your ticket in advance because they sell out quickly.

Have fun with your kids at Children’s Grand Park

Children's Grand Park by Themaum via Wikipedia CC
Children’s Grand Park By themaum – IMG_7294Uploaded by Caspian blue, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a giant green park area filled with amusement rides, playgrounds, and even a free zoo. The cool thing about this park is that not only will the kid have fun, but you will also love this place. The highlight of the park is the polar bear found in the zoo of the park.

Have fun with nature at the Han river

Han river
Han river

The Han River is among the biggest river in Korea, and it goes through the center of Seoul. A recreational area is found at the river banks, set aside for sports and exercising.

You can rent a bicycle and just pedal slowly up and down the river, or you can even go for a lengthy ride on the track, which is up to 40km.

If you are not a fan of biking, you can go for the night tour to see the river at night.

Try out Korean Street Food

Korean street food
Korean street food

Trying out street food is one of the best things to do in Seoul. There are many foods everywhere that you can try out on the street of Seoul, some of the food that you should try out is Kimbap (seaweed rice rolls), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), and also the classic chicken skewers. You will not go hungry on the street in Seoul at all.

Try out the famous ginseng chicken Soup at Tosokchon.

Samgyetang by DongSoo Kim via Flickr CC
Samgyetang by DongSoo Kim via Flickr CC

You should not leave Seoul without trying out the famous ginseng chicken soup, also known as the Samgyetang. If you want to try this out, you should go to the Tosokchon.

You might have to wait in line if you want to try out this ginseng soup, and when you do so, you will surely know it is worth the wait.

Seoul South Korea Brady Bellini via Unsplash
Seoul South Korea Photo by Brady Bellini on Unsplash

People think the most prominent feature of Seoul is shopping and dining. Still, the city has a rich history with several mountains and parks and numerous neighborhoods that you can explore; you will surely love the city and its fascinating Korean culture.

Seoul Travel and Tour Packages

Seoul Private 4 Hour Tour with A Korean Buddy

Seoul Korea Tour Packages photo via KLOOK
Seoul Korea Tour Packages photo via KLOOK
  • Plan your own four-hour tour and have a Korean guide who speaks English, Chinese, or Japanese guide you!
  • You and your friends will get to see places that suit your interests the best.
  • Find the most famous shopping items and the best restaurants with your Korean buddy.
  • Meet your guide at the hotel or at the starting point of your tour, who will safely drop you off at your hotel.
  • This is the ideal tour for groups who don’t have a lot of free time in Seoul to spare!


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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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